Great Hotels of the World's '10 Unforgettable Birthdays for 10 Unforgettable Years' Competition

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Great Hotels of the World is celebrating its tenth birthday and to commemorate the milestone, we are giving you the chance to win a trip of a lifetime to see one of the world’s wonders, the Northern Lights in Iceland!

Have you had an unforgettable birthday while on your travels? Whether it was during a honeymoon, golfing holiday or a weekend country break, we want to hear about your memorable celebration. It doesn’t have to be very long - 100 words or less – just tell us where you were and what made it a special birthday.

We will pick the top 10 entries and let you choose the winner.

To enter, simply send us in your memorable story and you will be in with the chance of winning a five night luxury stay for two at Hotel Ranga in South Iceland, arguably the best spot to see natural phenomena aurora borealis, near some of Iceland’s many volcanoes and glaciers.

The Hotel

Hotel Ranga is an award winning four-star resort which offers serenity, luxury and relaxation all year round. Known for its unrivalled service, ambience, gourmet cuisine and idyllic setting, Hotel Ranga is the perfect place, whether you’re searching for an unparalleled adventure or a romantic getaway.

Ideally located close to all of southern Iceland 's main attractions, activities and historical sites, Hotel Ranga is the ultimate base for your trip to the island nation. Its picturesque surroundings offer spectacular views of the famous Mt. Hekla and a range of mountains, glaciers and a live volcano as it is located in the middle of ‘The Ring of Fire’, an exciting area with geothermal and volcanic activity all around.

The hotel has 51 luxurious rooms, including the Master Royal Suite and seven "World Pavilion" suites, themed after each of the seven continents. Hotel Ranga has an acclaimed gourmet dining option in a scenic riverside setting, Restaurant 4. The resort also offers several outdoor geothermal hot tubs, which are an excellent place to view the Northern Lights, billiard, massage, a lounge and bar and a games room. Hotel Ranga can also organise a number of activities, including fishing, horse riding, snow mobiling, glacier tours, guided keep tours, helicopter tours and much more.

The Prize

  • A 5-night stay for two in a deluxe room, on the banks of one of Iceland’s best Salmon Rivers, with a view of volcanoes and glaciers at South Iceland’s top resort, Hotel Ranga
  • A sumptuous buffet breakfast every day
  • One four-course gourmet dinner for two at Hotel Ranga’s gourmet restaurant, Restaurant 4
  • Free rental car from MyCar car rental, offering new Toyota cars, with pickup from Keflavik International Airport and GPS navigation system included

How to enter






  1. No purchase necessary: a purchase or payment of any kind will not increase your chances of winning.
  2. Employees of Great Hotels of the World or its subsidiaries are ineligible to enter the competition.
  3. Entrants must be 18 years or older to enter.
  4. Personal information collected by Great Hotels of the World in connection with the contest, will be collected and used according to applicable laws, rules and regulations.
  5. Great Hotels of the World may share entrant data with Hotel Ranga. If you would prefer not to have your details shared please email us and tell us at
  6. The competition closes at 17:00 (GMT) on 9 February 2012. No responsibility is accepted for late, lost, misdirected or illegible/inaudible entries.
  7. Great Hotels of the World reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the competition and/or prize at any time.
  8. Great Hotels of the World may use any personal information entrants provide in connection with this promotion for the purpose of running the promotion and also in adverts, publications, media statements and other promotional material. Great Hotels of the World may disclose the information for those purposes to its related bodies corporate and contractors, and to the promotional partners.
  9. The entrant indemnifies Great Hotels of the World and the promotion partners against each claim, action, proceeding, judgment, damage, loss, expense or liability incurred or suffered by, or brought, made or recovered against Great Hotels of the World and the promotion partners or their associated companies, including but not limited to:
    • Any breach of these Conditions of Entry; or
    • Any infringement by you of the intellectual property rights of any third party
  10. Great Hotels of the World are not liable for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, computer equipment, software, technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participants or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation in, downloading or uploading any materials in this promotion.


  1. To participate in the competition, entrants must write about their unforgettable birthday while on their travels in no more than 100 words. Entries longer than this may be disqualified.
  2. All submissions must be in English.
  3. Entries should be submitted to and should include the entrants full name, address, telephone number and email address.
  4. The entrant’s submission must not contain brand names or trademarks or material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory or libellous. The submission must not discriminate against race, sex, religion, nationality, disability or age. Entries deemed to include any one of the above will be removed and disqualified from the competition.
  5. Only one entry per person is permitted.
  6. All entries must be received by 17:00 (GMT) on Thursday 9 February 2012 to be entered into the competition. Late entries will not be accepted.
  7. Entries must be the individuals own work.
  8. It is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure that no part of their entry infringes the copyright of any third parties or laws.
  9. Entrants may send a maximum of 3 photos to accompany their stories (optional). These must be sent in JPEG format and must be a maximum of 10MB in size.
  10. Illegible, incomplete or defaced entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries.
  11. Entries will be judged on which are the most original and entertaining and Great Hotels of the World’s decision of who is picked as the winner is final and binding.
  12. Ten finalists will be chosen and posted on Great Hotels’ websites for voting by users. Votes are limited to one vote per person. The finalist with the highest number of votes will win. Great Hotels of the World reserves the right to override or change the public voting system if deemed necessary.
  13. In the event of a tie, Great Hotels of the World will choose a winner.
  14. Great Hotels of the World has the right to edit, adapt and publish any or all of the submissions and may use them in any media without attribution to the entrant.
  15. Great Hotels of the World reserves the right to disqualify any finalist who tampers with or influences, or benefits from tampering with or influencing, the entry process or the Promotion.
  16. Each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual worldwide license to Great Hotels of the World to reproduce or feature any or all of the submissions in any type of media or promotional material.
  17. No joint or group entries are permitted.
  18. Great Hotels of the World reserves the right to select an alternate winner if it determines in its discretion that the winning finalist does not adequately satisfy the conditions of entry or are otherwise subject to disqualification.
  19. Great Hotels of the World and its promotion partners will never be liable for any indirect, incidental, special or consequential loss, or loss of profits or revenue arising out of your participation in this promotion.
  20. The entrant acknowledges and agrees that they are solely responsible for all liability resulting from the posting or publication of their birthday entries and other materials in connection with the contest.


  1. The winner will receive a five night stay for two people in a deluxe room at Hotel Ranga in South Iceland, including daily sumptuous breakfast, one four course gourmet dinner for two at Hotel Ranga’s gourmet restaurant, Restaurant 4 and a free rental car from MyCar car rental, offering new Toyota cars, with pickup from Keflavik International Airport and GPS navigation system included.
  2. Two passengers must travel together.
  3. The winner will be notified by email, phone or post.
  4. The winner must complete the trip before the end of April 2013.
  5. Transport is not included.
  6. The trip must be booked at least 28 days before departure.
  7. Prize is subject to availability and black-out dates may apply.
  8. The prize is non transferable and there is no cash alternative.
  9. No refund or compensation will be made in the event of the trip being cancelled.
  10. Once tickets are issued, no changes are permitted.
  11. The prize cannot be combined with any other offer.
  12. Hotel policy applies.
  13. All expenses and incidental travel costs not stated in the prize description are the sole responsibility of the winner.
  14. Great Hotels of the World reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the competition and/or prize at any time.
  15. The winners name may be obtained by sending a SAE to Marketing Department, Great Hotels of the World, Worldwide House, 22 Stephenson Way, London, NW1 2HD, United Kingdom.

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